There has been a few updates to the UI that I'm sure you have noticed by now. I wanted to start off by saying how great of a job the smoke team in pushing updates to the website. And what is most amazing is that they listen to the community. For example, one of the changes they made, was a suggestion I made in one of my post about the message we see when we make a post. I don't know if they had read my post, but it certainly gives me the feeling that they are listening to us. Which is why I decided to make a post to give my opinion on "important" aspects of the changes they made.
The most noticable change to me is that they have removed the upvote button from the mini post frame, so that people will need to click on the blog and read it through to upvote. I like this change, alot and I saw this being proposed on Steemit like half half a year ago.
Though one change I don't like is the removal of the scroll bar. I understand the team did this to make users actually needing to scroll down instead of dragging the scroll bar down at once. But I think it hurts user experience alot. For several reasons.
For long posts this is annoying. There are some people who photobomb their post (most of the times with good intentions) or some people write a whole book chapter. For people who are writing long posts themselves not having a scroll bar is also very annoying, when they want to get down to the post.
A post with many comments. Scrolling down on a post with hundreds of comments is easier with a scroll bar.
Finding old posts. As an example for this post I wanted to find my old post where I made my suggestion, and I stopped my search quickly when I realised I have to scroll down my whole blog (I post quite frequently).
The categoies on the home page is awesome! I like that new users can navigate on topics like this. One interesting choice that the team made was to create a drop menu for us to choose 1 main tag, instead of us putting in our own tags. I have to get used to this, but I think it's better this way. Less confusing for people.
One thing they should change is making the whole image of the categories clickable. Now if you click on the text of the category it only takes you to a new page. This confused me at the start.
There are a few other changes such as the search option which I like, but I don't have any comments on them.
What do you think of the changes and what would you like to see be added or removed?
Good recommendations also get a blog upvote